"Short Circular Walks in East Devon"
John N. Merrill

"Exploring Green Lanes and the Stories They Tell - South and South-East Devon"
Valerie Belsey

"East Devon (British Railways Past & Present) "
David Mitchell

"The longer one stays here the more does the spirit of the moor sink into one's soul, its vastness, and also its grim charm."
Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles, 2007

"Adventurous walking tastes are as varied as Devon's many landscapes and therin lies the appeal of this marvellous country."
Alan Hobbs, Kate Hobbs, David Hitt, Carol Hitt, Walk Devon

"The Dorset and East Devon Coast is beautiful, but the main reason for its inscription on the World Heritage List is its unique insight into the Earth Sciences."
Denys Brunsden, The Official Guide to the Jurassic Coast, 2003

"East Devon Pebblebed Heaths: 240 Million Years in the Making"
Andrew Cooper

"Exe to Axe: Story of East Devon"
Gerald Gosling

"East Devon at War (Britain in Old Photographs)"
Ted Gosling, Roy Chapple

"Exmouth Through Time"
Christopher K. Long

Exmouth is a seaside town in the south west of the UK (United Kingdom), and my home since 2000.

Exmouth is a seaside town in the south west of the UK (United Kingdom), and my home since 2000. Due to its location on the eastern shore at the mouth of the River Exe, Exmouth is officially part of East Devon, and one of the largest towns in the area. Thousands descend on Exmouth each year to enjoy the beach, the cliffs, the estuary, and the surrounding countryside.

The town is lively with plenty of activities for all ages. Claiming to be the oldest holiday resort in Devon, Exmouth originally attracted wealthy visitors who could not holiday in Europe due to the troubles caused by the French revolution. The arrival of the railway provided easy access for the less wealthy in the last third of the nineteenth century, and tourism has largely shaped the town into what it is today. In fact, the esplanade at the end of the beach nearest the town centre, has not changed all that much since that time.

Photo of Exmouth, the Esplanade 1906, ref. 53941
The Esplanade, Exmouth 1906,
courtesy Francis Frith. click for more old photos of Exmouth ...

Esplanade these days
The Esplanade, one hundred years later

In the town centre there are branches of Iceland, WHSmith, Boots, SuperDrug, a good range of local specialist shops, an indoor market, and the usual seaside shops selling everything that you might possibly need for a day on the beach (and loads of stuff that you will not). Then there are the restaurants, pubs (bars) and cafes of all sorts scattered liberally around the town with a concentration around the recently revamped Strand Gardens. Both the Strand Gardens and nearby Manor Gardens host frequent events throughout the year.

Clock tower on the seafrontOn the outskirts of town along the Salterton road there are large branches of Tesco, Lidl, Halfords, and B&Q, and for fast food fans, a drive-through MacDonalds competes with the KFC in the town centre.

If you follow the river Exe inland for about 10 miles you come to Exmouth's nearest city, Exeter, with its Roman remains and picturesque cathedral area. Exeter is connected to Exmouth by a pretty, meandering road; the somewhat over-ambitiously titled and, in the summer, more-than-somewhat overcrowded A376. The route takes you through a number of small villages including Lympstone and Exton before it reaches Exeter. Fortunately, Exmouth and Exeter are also connected by the last remaining railway branch line in East Devon. The line runs alongside the Exe estuary for several miles with wonderful views before crossing the M5 motorway and entering Exeter, stopping at both Exeter Central station (city centre) and Exeter St. Davids station (mainline connections).

On the Exeter road (A376), right at the edge of Exmouth, is A-La-Ronde. This National Trust property is a Byzantine style, thatched house, 45 ft high with sixteen sides. It has twenty rooms set out around a central octagonal hall. A-La-Ronde was constructed in 1795 by Jane and Mary Parminter, a pair of eccentric spinster sisters.

On the opposite shore of the estuary from Exmouth, in South Devon, are the beach resort and national nature reserve of Dawlish Warren, the village of Starcross and Powderham castle.

Bicton Park Botanical Gardens, fifteen minutes drive from Exmouth, provides an excellent place for a day out if you have a young family and its indoor play area alone has proven to be worth the entrance fee during school holidays if the weather is not so good. The various different gardens, gentle walks, shell house, and cafe are popular with older folks too. If Bicton is not to your tastes there is always Crealy adventure park about the same distance from Exmouth in the opposite direction. This has a number of different rides for all ages, a water play area, and two large indoor play areas, amongst other things but is slightly more expensive than Bicton and can be very busy in peak season.

Strand Gardens
 The Strand Gardens in the town centre

Slightly further afield, for those with a car, the East Devon towns of Beer with its Pecorama model railway attraction, Seaton with its narrow gauge heritage tramway, Sidmouth with its elegant regency period architecture and seafront, and the Dartmoor and Exmoor national parks make for a variety of days out.

The other main route into the town is the Salterton Road (B3178) that takes you to neighbouring, sleepy Budleigh Salterton, with its beautiful pebble beach that hides the mouth of the River Otter at its far end.

Should you need to, you can also escape from Exmouth using Hulham Road, Marley Road or St Johns Road. Should you take any of these roads and turn left at their ends to head towards Ottery St Mary, within a mile or so, you will find yourself crossing Woodbury Common.

Other Exmouths

There is another Exmouth at the tip of the North West Cape Western Australia. The town is located 789 miles (1,270 kilometres) north of the state capital Perth and 2,092 miles (3,366 kilometres) southwest of Darwin
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Related Book:

"Exmouth Through Time"
Christopher K. Long

The Estuary
Exmouth sits on the eastern shore of the Exe Estuary. The estuary is an important wildlife site. Its mud flats and sand banks provide a home for more than 20,000 birds a year making it a popular location for bird watchers.

The Beach
Exmouth is the only seaside town in East Devon with a large sandy beach, two miles of golden sand stretching from the Exe estuary to the start of sandstone cliffs at Orcombe Point. At low tide, the sand extends beyond Orcombe Point to Sandy Bay.

The Jurassic Coast
Exmouth also sits at one end of the UNESCO World heritage Site known as the Jurassic Coast. The Jurassic coast stretches eastwards through the East Devon and the neighbouring county of Dorset all the way to the town of Swanage.

Phear Park
Phear Park is one of the bigger parks in Exmouth with something for everyone, young and old.

Manor Gardens
Close to the centre of town, Manor Gardens is one of Exmouth's pleasant, public parks and a location for a variety of different outdoor events, weather permitting.

Woodbury Common
Just above Exmouth lies Woodbury Common, one of seven small commons that lie on ancient geological formations comprising thick layers of rounded pebbles embedded in sand.

Sports Clubs
Exmouth has all the usual amateur sports clubs, and in the case of rugby union, football and lawn bowls, two of them.

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